A town hall was held in Allentown on Tuesday, but Sen. Pat Toomey did not attend. (Organizers used an empty suit as his stand in -- the perfect metaphor).
You'd think that with a Republican president in the White House, Toomey would want to brag about how much America is winning and how great the country is now, but he's too nervous to face his constituents. Unlike Trump voters, who cheerfully threw their fellow citizens under the bus in exchange for a bunch of false promises about coal-mining jobs, the rest of America is united in loud opposition to a cabinet of Wall Street executives.
When a mosque burns down in Texas, rabbis hand over the keys to their synagogue to the Iman. When a Jewish cemetery is vandalized, Muslims raise money for the repairs. The LGBTQ community marches for access to reproductive healthcare as women protest for the rights of transgender people to use the public bathroom of their choice. Black Lives Matter wants citizens to have affordable healthcare while patients with chronic health problems want minorities to feel safe in their neighborhoods. And everybody hates Betsy DeVos. (Except for Toomey. DeVos gave him $60,050.)
Americans are standing together, ready to defend each other, because it's clear that Toomey isn't going to do the job. Heck, he won't even show up at a town meeting to justify his votes.
Becky Ann Bartlett
Upper Nazareth Township
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